Incubation Research: Potential of Within Subject and Between Subject Experimental Design



In the current work we aimed to detect the incubation effect using between-subject and within-subject design. We compared the performance rate of solving Remote Association Test in incubation (with a break) and no-incubation conditions. During the incubation phase participants were listening to the audio record of the science-fiction novel. No significant differences were found in the performance level in incubation and no-incubation conditions, neither in within-group nor in the between-group tests. Nonetheless we found the indirect indicators of the processes that are encountered during the incubation period. The discrepancy in the absence of raw performance indicators of incubation on the one hand, and the presence of the difficulty indicators changes on another hand, is discussed in the context of the activation paradigm and the model of awareness of implicit solution.

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Keywords: incubation, remote associations test, between-subject design, within-subject design

Journal rubric: Psychology of Thinking

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The study was supported by the RFBR, projects № 18-00-00569 мк and №. 17-06-00574.

For citation: Lapteva E.M., Valueva E.A., Zaidelman L.Y., Zinina A.A. Incubation Research: Potential of Within Subject and Between Subject Experimental Design. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2020. Vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 28–39. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2020130203. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Ekaterina M. Lapteva, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Laboratory for Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ekaterina A. Valueva, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, The Laboratory of the Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Leading Research Fellow, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ludmila Y. Zaidelman, Researcher, Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna A. Zinina, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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